There’s one aspect of the car modifying scene that divides enthusiasts more than any other; the rat-look vibe. Each rat build should, however, be judged on a case-by-case basis.
Sometimes, it’s a story of survival – with the car wearing the patina of years and remaining unrestored. Other times, it’s one of rescue; where a car left in a barn is brought back to life.
What you see here, in artfully painted 100E Pop form, is a clever amalgam of various approaches to rat culture.
You see, while this car may appear to be irretrievably corroded, that exterior finish was actually achieved by the precise and meticulous application of Rusty Paint. This is a flexible and hard-wearing paint product which, while it rusts by itself, provides anti-corrosive protection for the metal beneath.
Don’t be deceived – this 100E is as solid as a rock.
When you consider the context, the idea of La Rata Sucia (this 100E’s oh so appropriate nickname – it translates to ‘Dirty Rat’) makes a lot of sense.
The current engine is a 350ci Chevy small-block crate motor (that’s 5.7 litres), running a mild cam and roller rockers. The SBC’s wearing a single Edelbrock carb with a cowl induction scoop.
I hated the cowl induction to start with, but it’s growing on me – and it makes the car a damn sight easier to drive!
Thanks to my wife Lizanne – you’ve been an absolute legend and petrolhead throughout all of the processes.